Dating back to the mid-1900s, step dancing — or stepping — and strolling have become an integral part of Black fraternities and sororities across the United States. This is no exception in the Iota Beta chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the members of which see the unique art form as a way to bond and assert their identity within their community.
The dance minor program of the Department of Drama gives students broad experience, focusing on the development of strong, technical, creative, and articulate artists.
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Nationally, the Tidewater region of Virginia is a focal point of Black culture: From contemporary artists like Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliott, to the beach music of the 1950s and 60s, to the Afro-Caribbean and gospel traditions, these roots run deep. Learn about artists Joshua Purnell and Tom Norris.
The Dance Program is pleased to present the work of two guest choreographers this semester: Cara Hagan and Ruth Olga Sherman. The Spring Dance Concert is on April 20, 21, and 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Ruth Caplin Theatre. The spring concert will feature both live and screendance works by students, faculty, and guest artists for an evening of dance that explores multiple perspectives and themes through the practice of performance.